Ayodhya : Yogi Adithyanath government has proposed building a big statue of Lord Ram on the banks of the Sarayu river in the temple town of Ayodhya, not far from the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site. Sources said the height of the statue will be imposing, but refused to confirm reports that it could be a 100 metres tall.
State government officials said it is part of a plan to boost religious tourism in Uttar Pradesh, a key focus area for Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath since he took over 7 months ago after his party swept the UP assembly elections.
“Yes there is a proposal for a Ram statue in Ayodhya. It is at a conceptual stage right now, there are many other proposals for different tourists destinations across Uttar Pradesh and this is one of them. If you go to Bali in Indonesia, you will find many such statues around and our idea is to give a boost to tourism in the area,” said Avanish Aswathi, the government officer in-charge of tourism in UP.